Handbook on Indicators of Community Vulnerability to Extreme Events: Considering Sites and Waste Management Facilities
The methods presented provide a way to (1) identify areas that are potentially vulnerable and identify the source(s) of vulnerabilities, (2) track and monitor contaminated sites and waste management facilities, including those of local interest, and (3) evaluate and communicate how extreme events may impact contaminated sites, waste management facilities, and nearby communities. Decision-makers can use the results to develop and prioritize targeted strategies (e.g., adaptation, mitigation, resilience, response) to prepare for and prevent potentially deleterious health and environmental impacts from contaminant releases.
Contaminated sites and waste management facilities have the potential to release contaminants when extreme events happen, possibly impacting nearby communities. The Handbook focuses on indicators of the indirect impacts of extreme heat, floods, droughts, wildfires on communities through potential contaminant releases. The Handbook provides new methods for identifying communities that are downstream and downwind of contaminated sites and waste management facilities and offers indicators of socioeconomic, demographic, and health characteristics.
|2022||EPA conducted an internal review of the draft report.|
|2023||EPA conducted an external review of the report.|
|Jul 2023||EPA released the final report on the website.|
This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.
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